There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible, where it isn’t walk on the right-hand side of the road,
Some of the ground can be uneven, with steep descents and muddy/boggy ground. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously where needed.
When crossing the streams, be wary of slippery and loose stones, if you feel unsure bring walking poles for support, and you can always find a more suitable crossing a little up or downstream.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Pittville Pump Room
The healing and rejuvenating benefits of the Cheltenham sprigs had been recognised since the early 18th century, In 1788 King George III visited and was very complimentary of the town, and it became a popular spot for the well-heeled to visit. In 1825, Joseph Pitt invested int he town as a spa town, and Pitville Pump Room was borne. When the building is not under hire for an event, you can still visit the Pump Room and sample some of the vital waters yourself.
Wednesday to Sunday inclusive
10 am to 4 pm
Opening times are subject to bookings for private events
Opening times may vary for Bank Holidays
More information: http://www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/visit-us/pittville-pump-room/
Cheltenham Racecourse is an iconic and historic racecourse for horse racing events.. Its most prestigious meeting is the Cheltenham Festival, held in March, which features several Grade I races including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Stayers' Hurdle.
The racecourse has a scenic location in a natural amphitheatre just below the escarpment of the Cotswold Hills, at Cleeve Hill, with a capacity of 67,500 spectators. The racecourse also has its own steam railway station (of the same name), although this no longer connects to the national rail network but has since rather been the current southern terminus of the preserved Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.
More information, including when race days occur: http://cheltenham.thejockeyclub.co.uk/
Bela Knap is a Neolithic barrow, or burial ground. It is accessible at any time in the day and is free to look around.
The impressive entrance is a dummy and the burial chambers are entered from the sides of the barrow – when closed and covered by earth they would have been invisible from the outside.
It was probably constructed around between 2500 and 3000 BC and was used for successive burials over a period of years until eventually the burial chambers were deliberately blocked.
Opinion differs as to the reason for the false portal. It may have been to deter robbers, although little in the way of value has been found in undisturbed tomb chambers. Alternatively, it could be that the false entrance functioned as a ‘spirit door’, intended to allow the dead to come and go and partake of offerings brought to the tomb by their descendants.
More information: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/belas-knap-long-barrow/
Food and Drink
There is no food or drink stops en route so be sure to pick up supplies before you leave Cheltenham. Both Cheltenham and Winchcombe have some excellent places to eat and drink.
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Sturdy waterproof boots as the path can be slippery and wet in parts.
Walking poles for stream crossing and muddy descents if the weather is wet.